President Mahinda Rajapaksa has stressed that a proper programme will be implemented to popularize indigenous industries that have been neglected.
The President said that the villages have developed. A better price is being received for tea, and spices such as cloves and nutmeg. He said that the price of all these things has increased and therefore the farmers receive a better income. The per capita income was less than 1000 dollars for 55 years after independence. Today it has increased to 2400 dollars. Their aim is to reach 4000 dollar mark. He said that there are 2.8 million Kitul trees in some locations. Only 3% of them are being used for making treacle and juggery. He noted that juggery can be used as an alternative for sugar. The President said he believes that the people should be allowed to produce treacle and juggery free of any restrictions.
The President expressed these views while participating in the seminar held in Kegalle as one in a series, held under theme Sapiri Gamak- Supiri Ratak. It was the 5th seminar to be held. The President pointed out that economic targets can be met by strengthening the rural people. He pointed out the need for the participation of all people in the programme to cultivate one million home gardens. Governor of the Sabaragamuva Province W.J.M. Loku Bandara, Chief Minister of the Province Mahipala Herath, Ministers Athavuda Seneviratne, Prof. Tissa Witharana, Susil Premajayantha, Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, Lalith Dissanayake, Dr. Jagath Balasuriya, H.R. Mitrapala, and Parliamentarians Arundika Fernando and J. R. P. Suriyapperuma participated in the occasion.